Donkey Mountain and Red Rocks Traverse

Donkey Mountain and Red Rocks Traverse

What is it about the Red Rocks and eclipses? In just under 10 years from now we’ll be heading to the Red Rocks for my total solar eclipse Red Rocks birthday party, and here we were late on a Friday night scrambling up Donkey Mountain to get ready for the longest total...
Mt Vic to Blackheath 2 night Bushwalk

Mt Vic to Blackheath 2 night Bushwalk

I was late putting this trip on the calendar so was pleasantly surprised to have Penny keen for a 2 night trip in the middle of winter and with only 3 days’ notice! The forecast was for 10 degree days getting down to -1 at night with winds ranging from 20-40km/h.  So...
Budawang Adventure

Budawang Adventure

Our latest trip to the Budawangs arose from Paul’s long held ambition to climb Donjon Mountain which guards the western end of Monolith Valley. He had unfortunately missed out on Tim and James’ trip up the Mountain earlier in the year. We were also thinking about...
Navigation Weekend

Navigation Weekend

Wow! There is no doubt this trip is one of the most popular SUBW trips of the year. I had 36 people sign up before I managed to mark the trip as full. You really can’t take more than 20 at the absolute maximum and in the end it was 21 people including myself who...
Kanangra-Boyd NP, Brumby Ridge, Kowmung and Gingra Range

Kanangra-Boyd NP, Brumby Ridge, Kowmung and Gingra Range

The plan was to get out to Kanangra and use a few days to get a good look at the place. Originally it was thought to head down Brumby Ridge, along the river and back up Gingra Range trail, however I was already doubtful of the use of a longish day just heading up...
Pantoneys Crown and Point Cameron, Gardens of Stone National Park

Pantoneys Crown and Point Cameron, Gardens of Stone National Park

If you don’t believe me, just ask the people on it: “The pics are amazing and the trip was unforgettable—great leader and great company! Hope to see you all soon on future trips, or even sooner at the gear night:)” “This is one of my favourite trips in the Blue...
Barrington Tops – Corker Trail and Explore Plateau (+Mt Royal ..)

Barrington Tops – Corker Trail and Explore Plateau (+Mt Royal ..)

Despite promising cool temperatures up in the mountains, in the end our party was made up of just the two of us. With plenty of time and no major hurry, it was a relaxed start, leaving Maitland late morning, with Emilie driving up from Sydney and then me throwing...
Colo River Canyon Trip

Colo River Canyon Trip

This trip came about when we read a report from our mates the Fat Canyoners who had suffered a rare navigational mishap and managed to completely miss their target canyon. Judging by their photos, it must have been pretty traumatic for them as they remained fully...
Glen Davis canyoning

Glen Davis canyoning

This trip was organised as a follow up to a trip in June when Paul and I and our recently exported mate Clint had a cold and rushed trip through one canyon and failed to make it up the pass to reach the second canyon. We clearly had unfinished business in Coorongooba...
Barrington Tops

Barrington Tops

The Friday morning started off with my Samsung mobile phone dying as it stubbornly refused to recognise that it had a SIM card installed. With a vital need for a working mobile phone for contacting walk people later that night, the morning was spent buying and then...

Red Rocks

In the leadup to this trip I was expecting subzero temperatures at Newnes on the Friday night and a frigid but clear night on the Saturday. But in the end surprisingly mild conditions awaited us at Newnes when we arrived late on the Friday evening. A train delay meant...
Mt Cobberas (Number 1) – Victoria

Mt Cobberas (Number 1) – Victoria

Some mountains are so remote , they can remain on your “to do” list for a long time. Such is the case with the Cobberas Mountains in far north east Victoria. Although the area can be accessed by road, it’s a long way from pretty much everywhere. But the Queen’s...
Newnes Glowworm Tunnel

Newnes Glowworm Tunnel

We all met up at Strathfield and set off in Victoria’s car and mine for the drive to Mount Victoria. The railway station loos were used for our comfort stop. After a short break there we then set off for the start of the track which was once a narrow gauge oil...
Navigation Weekend

Navigation Weekend

26 people had signed up for this trip before I managed to mark it as full, and then even after marking it as full on the walks programme the emails kept coming and a waitlist grew. The waitlist never got used though, because even by the morning of departure I had 23...

Splendour Rock

I write this trip report mostly to confess to a major stuffup for young members of the club to note. Seven walkers signed up at the start of the week, but after 2 illnesses and 2 complete smokebombs (possibly influenced by the forecast but it would still be nice to...
Mt Tate Snowy Mountains Weekend

Mt Tate Snowy Mountains Weekend

Summer in the Australian Alps is a mixed affair. It can be very hot, cold, or wet . Big biting March flies can drive you insane and thunderstorms frequently develop on the peaks on hot days. Over time, I’ve become a little wary of doing trips to the Alps and expecting...

Tigersnake, Twister, Hole In the Wall, Banks Canyons

The days and weeks preceding this trip had been hot, interspersed far too infrequently by the occasional short interlude of cooler cloudier conditions. It was one such cool and cloudy interlude that just so happened to coincide with Australia Day, which just so...
Morong Deep

Morong Deep

We met in Blackheath at a respectable Thursday morning hour and piled into the one car for the drive to Kanangra-Boyd NP. Despite the top temps forecast of 26 degrees, simply walking in the sun was enough to make this temp pale in comparison, and before long we were...
Lower Grose Valley

Lower Grose Valley

The aim of the trip was to see how far we could get down the Grose River in three days. The short version is: not as far as we hoped. We started out well. Catching the 07.23 train, we used Katoomba cabs to save the 8k hike out to Perrys Lookdown, the shortest route to...

Christmas Dinner Walk

This trip report is in two parts. See Part 1: the Grand Canyon on Saturday morning This year’s Christmas Dinner Walk was a little quieter than in recent years, a relaxing gathering by the river of some 18-20 people, some new faces but a group otherwise comprising...